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8 Reasons to Retire in California


Alissa Sauer

What comes to mind when you think of California living? From shining seas and white sand beaches to rolling mountains and world-famous wine country, there’s something for everyone in California. Whether it’s the laid-back lifestyle, outdoor opportunities, stunning beaches, or beautiful year-round weather, we promise you’ll never look back.

Learn more about starting your retirement journey in California, including its unique benefits and how to make it happen on any budget.

Benefits of Retiring in California

With the abundance of recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities afforded to our California residents, it may be more sensible to ask, “why not California?”. We can speak from personal experience when we say that our California communities are incredible places to call home. Here’s why:

1. Financial opportunity

For seniors wishing to continue working in retirement, this is the place to be. While the cost of living in California is generally higher than the rest of the country, so is the income. The median household income in California is $8,000 per year higher than the national average.

2. Mild Weather Year-Round
Most of California stays in the 70s year round with no chance of snow for most of the state. The mild climate draws seniors from all over the country, promising sunshine filled days of exploring California’s stunning natural beauty.

3. Income Tax

There’s no question that California residents bear a heavy tax burden. However, all Social Security benefit payments to retired people are exempt from personal income tax. Additionally, most military disability payments are tax exempt.

4. Ocean Vibescalifornia-coast

California boasts a 900-mile coastline, with hundreds of stunning beaches along the way. Research shows that living near the ocean can reduce stress and lead to increased physical activity, keeping seniors happier and healthier.

5. An Abundance of Culture

Drop in for a traditional Bollywood show, enjoy traditional Japanese sashimi for dinner, and enjoy authentic French pastries for breakfast. Whatever you want and whenever you want it, you can find it in California. The state boasts an abundance of culture, drawing people from all over the world to come together and create an unparalleled retirement experience.

sunset-sonoma6. Exquisite, World-Renowned Vineyards

Home to world-famous Napa Valley, California actually has vineyards all over the state, as far south as Santa Barbara. Napa Valley is home to nearly 400 vineyards and tasting rooms, 600 if you include nearby Sonoma. Cheers!

7. Focus on Local, Seasonal Nutrition

With an acclaimed agriculture industry, fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat are in abundance in California. Farmer markets are readily available, giving seniors in California access to only the freshest foods.

8. Recreational Opportunities

When you think of California, what comes to mind first? Beaches? Surfers? Joggers on a boardwalk? Life in California is extremely active because of its mild climate.

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Financial Considerations

When thinking about the cost of a move to senior living, first consider your current expenses and budget. Because senior living is all-inclusive you won’t have many of your current expenses once you move. Carefully think through how much you spend on groceries, utilities, household management, healthcare – all your budget items. Once you fully understand how much it costs to live on your own, you will have a more comprehensive understanding of senior living costs.
You will also want to think through what amenities are included at potential communities. Many of our communities include a wide range of amenities including:

  • Regular housekeeping and linen services
  • True restaurant dining, with made to order meals
  • Engaging activities and social events
  • Home maintenance and yard work
  • Gym memberships and fitness classes through PrimeFit
  • Language lessons
  • Travel opportunities
  • Assisted living and memory care services, if needed

Exactly how much your monthly rate is will depend on the care being received, amenities being used, and apartment chosen. Our California communities offer a wide range of lifestyle options and amenities and are willing to work with all budgets.

The cost of senior living in California is $3,750 per month for assisted living care, higher than the national average of $2,877 per month. California is one of the fastest growing states and experts estimate that their senior population will grow 150% by 2020.

Your Dream Retirement on Your Budget

From five star dining to customized fitness plans, Leisure Care living is fun and easy. We offer independent living, assisted living, and memory care services at senior living communities throughout California. We will work closely with you and your family to create a lifestyle that meets care and budget needs while taking advantage of everything California has to offer. Five-star fun. Five-star service. That’s our promise.

It’s your time to build your future. Contact us today to get started.

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